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  • CO2 supermarkets: Tesco

    Designed as Tesco's first zero-carbon store, the new store at Ramsey, Cambridgeshire, UK, is completely HFC-free. The supermarket is hence using natural refrigerants CO2 and hydrocarbons throughout its refrigerators, freezers, heating, ventilation...

    • Publication date : 2010/05/27
  • Magnetic refrigeration: future applications

    The magnetocaloric effect was discovered in 1881 and has been used in cryophysics since the 1930s, but thanks to recent developments in material science, this technology can now be used at room temperature. Several projects involving this...

    • Publication date : 2006/07/26
  • PZT: electric cooling

    A new material has been developed by a team of Cambridge scientists that turns cold at the press of a button. They have found a ceramic material that has a giant electrocaloric effect; 100 times larger than that seen in the 1960s when this...

    • Publication date : 2006/05/05
  • ICR2011 highlights: improving insulation thanks to vacuum

    Vacuum insulated panels (VIPs) are a new technology which is theoretically 5 times less conductive than classic polyurethane panels (3 times less in practice because of the various thermal bridges).

    • Publication date : 2012/01/05
  • The benefits of thermal energy storage for cold chain applications

    Several presentations at the IIR ICCC 2022 conference focused on the potential applications of Thermal Energy Storage (TES) and Phase-Change Materials (PCMs) and highlighted the...

    • Publication date : 2022/07/08
  • Refrigerant safety standards high on global agenda.

    At the international level, many discussions are currently focusing on the necessity to revise safety standards in order to adapt them to refrigerants classified as mildly flammable or flammable. China and India invest themselves.

    • Publication date : 2017/02/02
    • Subjects: Regulation
  • Improving adsorption cooling thanks to MOFs

    Metal-organic framework (MOF) compounds are porous crystalline materials composed of metal ions or metal clusters bridged by organic linking groups; they have outstanding adsorption properties, allowing for better efficiency and use on a larger...

    • Publication date : 2015/02/20
  • 3D printing for passive buildings

    3D printing of buildings, which has advantages in terms of cost and speed of construction, can also facilitate the design of near zero energy buildings. 

    • Publication date : 2021/03/29
  • ICR2019: focus on innovative refrigeration technologies for developing countries

    Several papers presented during the IIR International Congress of Refrigeration in August 2019 addressed advances in the refrigeration technologies that are particularly adapted to hot countries with limited electricity supply: solar...

    • Publication date : 2019/11/29
    • Subjects: Developing country
  • 1st IIR International Cold and Sustainability Conference

    The 1st IIR Conference on Sustainability and the Cold Chain held in Cambridge, UK, on March 29-31, 2010 attracted over 150 participants from 22 countries. Academia, public and corporate research centres, public agencies and administrations, and...

    • Publication date : 2010/05/27
  • Magnetic refrigeration: a promising technology

    The IIR decided, a few years ago, to set up a Working Party on Magnetic Refrigeration at Room Temperature, and has organized 4 conferences: in 2005 in Switzerland, in 2007 in Slovenia, in 2009 in the USA, in 2010 in China. We published articles in...

    • Publication date : 2011/02/07
  • IIR Working Parties

    The IIR has 10 commissions: Cryophysics, cryoegineering (A1); Liquefaction and separation of gases (A2); Thermodynamics and transfer processes(B1); Refrigerating equipment (B2); Cryobiology, cryomedicine (C1); Food science and engineering (C2);...

    • Publication date : 2009/12/09
  • The next IIR Conference on the Cold Chain goes to Japan in 2024!

    Don’t miss out! Save the date for the 8th IIR Conference on Sustainability and the Cold Chain to take place on June 9-11, 2024, in Tokyo (Japan).

    • Publication date : 2023/05/16
    • Subjects: General information
  • Editorial by Didier Coulomb

    The UN climate change conference in Copenhagen was a failure. The initial stances and the interests of the stakeholders were too divergent to enable an agreement to be reached rapidly. It is possible that no agreement will ever be reached....

    • Publication date : 2010/03/07
  • Additive manufacturing of regenerators for caloric cooling

    In many areas of engineering, additive manufacturing allows the production of complex and multifunctional products that could not be manufactured using traditional methods. In the...

    • Last update : 2022/09/16
    • Langues : English, French
    • Themes : Caloric cooling (magnetocaloric, electrocaloric, elastocaloric and barocaloric cooling)
  • Nanorefrigerants

    Nanorefrigerants are created by adding nanoparticles in suspension to a base refrigerant. They have a thermal conductivity that is 15% to 104% higher than that of the corresponding...

    • Last update : 2022/06/17
    • Langues : English, French
    • Themes : Nanofluids